Nimiipuu Health has two locations to serve its patients. The Lapwai Clinic is located in Lapwa, Idaho, also know as The Land of the Butterflys, approximately 13 miles from Lewiston in North Central Idaho. The current clinic is a new 43,000 square foot building that opened in 2004. The Lapwai facility offers comprehensive clinical services including medical care, lab and xray services, pharmacy, dental care, physical therapy, optometry, mental health and substance abuse services, and a wide variety of community health services. services not provided on site may be available through contract health services.
The Indian Health Service provided healthcare to the Nez Perce Tribe unstil 1997 when the tribe took over under P.L. 93-638 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The Tribe has since transitioned into a Self-Governance Compact in 2002, which allows the Tribe more autonomy and flexibility. This has enabled the Tribe to reallocate funds to best suit the needs of its population and to access other source of funding such as grants for program expansion and construction. The second ambulatory clinic is located in Kamiah, Idaho approximately 72 miles Southeast of Lapwai. A new 7,000 square foot health facility for the Kamiah area was opened in 2001 and offers medical, dental, behavior health, and community health services on site.
Commodity foods, and elderly care.
Nimiipuu Health provides a full range of outpatient medical services to the patients. These include preventive services, screening and assessment, diagnostic procedures, treatment, and some rehabilitative services. These services are provided through the on-site services of our medical/nursing staff with the support of our:
Services from those programs are on the basis of a referral from one of the Nimiipuu Health providers. Tribal health programs include community, Maternal and child health and WIC & nutrition programs, drug and alcohol, child protective services, Community Health Representatives, Commodity foods, and elderly care. Indian Health Services include contract care, dental, health education, laboratory, pharmacy, medical, sanitation, mental health, and housekeeping.
Mission: To treat mental and physical illness using standard of care practices. To be sensitive to our patients’ life situations when to do so might improve their care. To promote wellness behavior and personal responsibility for health maintenance. To document care sufficiently for effective communication between caregivers and auxiliary personnel. To provide such services without compromising the well being of the providers and auxiliary staff themselves.
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